Paralympic Flame to go to new heights
With two weeks to go to the Paralympic Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has today announced how the Paralympic Flame will be created.
On Wednesday 22 August, using a combination of teamwork and human endeavour, National Flames will be created at the summit of the highest peaks of the four home nations: Snowdon/Yr Wyddfa (Wales), Scafell Pike (England), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Slieve Donard (Northern Ireland).
Groups of disabled and non-disabled Scouts will ascend the mountains, and at the top they will use the traditional technique of rubbing flint together to create sparks and kindle a flame.The four individual Flames will then be placed in a miner’s lantern and transferred to the nation’s capital cities where they will each become the focus for a day of Paralympic celebrations.
From here the four National Flames will be taken to Stoke Mandeville, spiritual home of the Paralympic movement, where they will be united during a special ceremony on Tuesday 28 August to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.
Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG, said: “We have created a unique identity for the Paralympic Torch Relay which will be a celebration of courage, determination, inspiration and equality that every Paralympian represents. By creating the four Flames through human endeavour at the four highest peaks in the UK we will ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the Paralympic Flame. Today we invite people to show their support for the Paralympic Torch Relay. Whether it’s taking lanterns along to a Flame Festival or Celebration, supporting a Torchbearer or getting together to line the route of the 24 hour relay and help us light the way to the Paralympic Games.”
Each of the four capital cities will host events for people to get involved with the London 2012 Paralympic Torch Relay.
In Cardiff – Monday 27 August – Cardiff
- Welsh Flame to light ceremonial cauldron outside City Hall
- Visits to Rockwood Hospital, House of Sport Coaching Academy and the Live Site
- Flame Festival including lantern procession in Roald Dahl Place. This is a free unticketed event.